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Kauffman Scholars is a multi-year college access and scholarship program designed to help low-income urban students in Kansas City prepare for and complete a college education.

Launched by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2003, Kauffman Scholars provides support to students beginning in seventh grade and works with students until they complete their college education. Students receive extensive support from program leaders, coaches, and collegiate, community, and corporate partners throughout their years in the program.

Students selected for the program live within the boundaries of the Kansas City, Kansas or Kansas City, Missouri public school districts and attend a public or charter school in those districts.

Kauffman Scholars accepted its eighth and final class of seventh-grade students during the 2011-12 school year. The program will remain active until those scholars are the college graduates of 2021 or 2022.